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RALEIGH, N.C. – will look at members of the Department of Athletics at Shaw University staff with a weekly featured called "ShawBears Staff Spotlight." Each Wednesday, the website will profile a different member of the staff.

In this week's edition, we look at Mario Andrade in his first year as the assistant coach for men's and women's soccer coach.


What do you remember about your first day working at Shaw?

Andrade: My first day was a couple days before COVID-19 started but to me it felt like a new beginning despite what was actually going on around the world. As I walked around the University, I was just excited to get started.


What is one of your favorite memories of working at Shaw?

Andrade: This will be my first year of hopefully many here at Shaw University but so far, I love the environment and blessed to have the opportunity to continue to do what I love.


What does working at Shaw mean to you?

Andrade: Means progress to me. I was the assistant coach at Wake Tech Community College before and nine months after I got this opportunity. Certainly, a step forward and one I plan to make the best of.


If you were an athlete, what jersey number would you want to wear and why?

Andrade: My number in college has always been 11 because I was named after a famous Brazilian soccer player named Romario and he wore the #11.


Did you play sports in college? If so, what sport and where did you play?

Andrade: Yes, I played soccer for one season at the Community College of Rhode Island and then finished my last few playing for NC Wesleyan College. I also played pro in Iceland.


Quick Hits:

Favorite Food: Rice and Beans

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Fast Food: Chic-Fil-A's spicy deluxe sandwich with no pickles

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter Movies

Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington

Favorite TV Show: Power

Favorite Book: All Harry Potter Books

What is One Thing People Don't Know About You?: I was born and raised in Angola and I can speak five languages.


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